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Saïd Business School to Offer Online Blockchain Strategy Short Course

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Saïd Business School to Offer Online Blockchain Strategy Short Course
A recent McKinsey report forecasts that Blockchain will "generate $80-$110 billion in impact" by 2021.

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and GetSmarter have linked up to offer premium online short courses to working professionals, including an online blockchain strategy course.

Blockchain technology is a digital, decentralized ledger that helps to build trust and eliminate the need for third-party intermediaries in trust-less environments. The software permanently stores and distributes transactions, creating an immutable, auditable and tamper-proof digital trail.

It has the potential to radically overhaul the nature of business, changing the job landscape and causing disruption across industries, which is why Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is launching a new digital blockchain strategy short course to prepare executives for the blockchain revolution.

A recent McKinsey report forecasts that Blockchain will “generate $80-$110 billion in impact” by 2021.

The Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme aims to provide the fundamentals of where blockchain can be used, how it works, and its structural and market implications.

“With 80% of banks developing blockchains, and industries from law to aerospace exploring possibilities, the next 5 to 10 years will see massive disruption from blockchain adoption as jobs are automated and new industry applications are created,” Associate Fellow at Oxford Saïd and Course Co-Convenor of the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme David Shrier said. “When the internet was born, people used it to email one another. Businesses like Amazon and Uber were inconceivable. Blockchain is a revolution of similar proportions, with undetermined potential, ramifications and opportunities.”

The short course has been designed for senior executives and managers – as well as professionals with a keen interest in blockchain – to understand how blockchain will affect and shape business. It will provide them with an actionable strategy to respond to blockchain and incorporate it into their long-term planning.

“The application of the core technology behind bitcoin – blockchain – extends much further than the widely recognized cryptocurrencies,” Associate Professor of Business Economics and Co-Convenor of the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme at Oxford Saïd Nir Vulkan said.

“Blockchain has the potential not only to change how we transfer value, but could shift our systems of trade, identity, efficiency and governance across all sectors, radically transforming traditional approaches to management. What participants will understand from our course is what is on the horizon for their business and how to prepare for that.”

Teppo Felin, Professor of Strategy at Oxford Saïd, will provide a framework for companies to capitalize on the blockchain opportunity. The short course will also feature insights from guest speakers such as Meltem Demirors, Director at the Digital Currency Group, and Professor Sandy Pentland, one of the world’s leading data scientists, as well as a number of practicing entrepreneurs, technologists and financiers in the blockchain sector.

In addition to the insights and advice these global authorities will share in the short course through both video interviews and lectures, participants will learn about two strategy frameworks developed specifically for the short course: the Oxford Blockchain Strategy framework and the Oxford Blockchain Regulation framework.

On successful completion of the short course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School and access to the Oxford Saïd Executive Education alumni network.

“Technology and the mobile revolution are rapidly transforming financial markets, institutions, and business models,” Peter Moores Dean at Saïd Business School Peter Tufano said. “Drawing upon the expertise of leading academics and practitioners from Oxford Saïd and colleagues from across the University, our new digital programs, supported by our partner GetSmarter, will provide entrepreneurs and executives with the insights and knowledge necessary to navigate this changing landscape, and adapt and progress in their careers.”

The short course will begin on February 28, 2017 with six modules over six weeks.

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